Ikoyi building collapse: COREN, NSE silent, property linked to ‘Lagos topshot in Abuja’

The Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and others are keeping mute on Monday’s Ikoyi building collapse.

Named Gerrard Terraces, it was to be completed in 2022. Each unit sells for between $1.2million and $5million. The last promotional flyer seen by DAILY POST confirmed it was “65 per cent sold”.

The developer is billionaire Olufemi Adegoke Osibona, Managing Director of Fourscore Heights Limited (FHL).

The structural engineers are Beyond designs, the architects are Voltron Design Studio. M&E Consultants are in charge of the construction.

A February 20, 2020 letter by the former consultants, Prowess Engineering Limited, is circulating.

The company withdrew its services, explaining that the management no longer share the same vision with Osibona.

It is suspected that Prowess dumped the project after the FHL allegedly decided to extend the floors to 21 from 15.

On Tuesday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu removed Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) General Manager, Gbolahan Oki.

Sanwo-Olu announced that an investigative panel is to be constituted, promising that all found culpable would “face the law”.

Interestingly, hours before his suspension, Oki announced that the “owner” had been arrested and would be prosecuted.

“The materials he used for the reinforcement are so terrible. He got approval for 15 floors but built 21. He has been arrested”, he told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

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